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Understanding Kim: Inside the US effort to profile the secretive North Korean leader

WASHINGTON: US intelligence experts are trying to build a profile of Kim Jong Un to give President Donald Trump a competitive edge in one of the most consequential summits since the Cold War, but they face a huge challenge – figuring out a secretive North Korean ruler few people know much about. Following a long tradition of arming US presidents with political and psychological dossiers of foreign leaders ahead of critical negotiations, government analysts are gathering every new bit of information they can glean about…

Qazi Wajid: Pakistan TV industry loses a jewel

Qazi Wajid, the renowned TV, Radio and Theatre artist breathed his last on Sunday at the age of 87, leaving behind a huge number of admirers to mourn his death. He was one of the very few long-serving actors with a hundred characters but one identity and that is of a true showman. The versatile actor was hospitalised for chest pain on Saturday night and passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after his condition deteriorated during the treatment. Wajid launched his career as child artist in 1950 after joining…

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

BANGKOK: Thai authorities are investigating the BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Wednesday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed. Thailand's harsh royal defamation law has been used to jail scores of critics and spawned a culture of self-censorship across the media, academia and the arts. Any member of the public can allege royal defamation and the police are duty bound to investigate. The BBC is now under…

Obituary: Amjad Farid Sabri

KARACHI: Amjad Farid Sabri was the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri. The elder Sabri along with his brother Maqbool Ahmed Sabri formed the legendary Qawwali duo called the Sabri brothers.